Market Presence. Based extensively on the A320, use of computers, fly-by-wire systems, side stick controllers, all ensure that the family will maintain parity with other products on the market for the short term. The introduction of the -900ER represented an important challenge to the A321 but in view of the modest changes required the length of time required to launch the new variant, Boeing may be concerned that demand is muted, particularly as the B737-800 seems to match current market conditions. The 944 A321s delivered to date represent an impressive number for a variant. Operators outside the U.S. are perhaps favoring the type as a means of reducing unit costs and coping with congestion issues while those in the U.S. are looking to use the range offered by sharklets.
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